The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

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Keith Whitlock
Aris & Phillips, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 168 pages
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Lazarillo de Tormes (1554) is here offered facing the brilliant Tudor English translation of David Rowland of Anglesey (1586). Ostensibly a racy autobiography of a young rogue and his succession of masters, in reality it is a comical and caustic expose of sixteenth century Spanish society, and especially the Church. Rowland's translation exploited the propaganda potential of the text at a time when England and Spain drifted into open war. Lazarillo de Tormes is a key Renaissance humanist text and a formative influence upon European rogue literature and the evolution of realist prose fiction. Keith Whitlock has written a full introduction from a European perspective and provided a comprehensive annotation of the Tudor English. 176p

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About the author (2000)

Keith Whitlock is an Arts Staff Tutor in the London Region of the Open University. He took First Class Honours degree at the University of Bristol and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees of the University of Sussex. For the Open University, he has edited Readers on the Enlightenment (1993) andthe Renaissance (2000), and written published material on Beckett, Johnson, Lorca, Teresa of Avila, Luis de Leon, Ignatius of Loyola and Lazarillo de Tormes. He has also written the Introduction to Smollett's translation of Don Quixote (1755) for Wordsworth (1998), and published articles on Spanishmaterial on the early Stuart stage (1996), the Playford dance collection The English Dancing Master 1650/1651 (Folk Music Journal 1999) and Walcott (1999).

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